Rejoicing in Success

The Lord your God is with you,

the Mighty Warrior who saves.

He will take great delight in you;

in his love he will no longer rebuke you,

but will rejoice over you with singing.”

—Zephaniah 3:17


Today I looked at my five year-old with undisguised admiration. I’d taught him the rules of an “Ages 8 and up” game called Monopoly Empire, and he was quickly picking up its nuances and strategy. In fact, he’d just beaten me fair and square.

“Wow, Buddy, great job,” I said. “You’re getting really good at this.”

“I know,” he said, shrugging.

He literally shrugged off my compliment.  Ahhh, to be five and so self-assured… to have no need to seek approval or kudos when you succeed.

I think of myself as someone who needs very little approval—and comparatively speaking, I probably am. But I do enjoy those Facebook “likes,” and now that I’m on Twitter I love that people can “favorite” what you say.

I’ve also recently noticed my strange yearning for direct approval from the Lord. For example, when I posted a link to my very favorite article, I found myself wishing that God could comment on it. Even before the thought was fully formed I imagined the notification I’d receive:


Jesus favorited your tweet!

He sent you a direct message:

“@ShannonKay4J, well done. I love this, Sweetheart. It’s just what I wanted you to say. Keep up the good work!”


If only. (It probably has too many characters for a tweet anyway.)

Are you an approval-seeker? Do you crave Facebook “likes” and Twitter “favorites”? Hey, we all do. It’s natural… until it’s not.


We have to be sure that we’re seeking approval from the only One whose opinion really matters—and doing it in a healthy way.


When we seek Him in prayer, we find acceptance and the peace that passes all understanding.

When we read His Word, we rediscover the reassurance of His love—and perhaps redirection for our efforts.

When we’ve done our best to serve Him, we can embrace the confidence that His work is being done through us.

When we’re in the circle of His rules, plans, and protection, He approves.

He rejoices over us with singing.


Lies to Fight: No one cares that I did that; no one even sees.  I wish someone would notice the good stuff I’m doing!


Thought Shot:

God sees this success, and He’s celebrating with me! He’s rejoicing over me with singing.



We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

How do you celebrate your successes?

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